Or Was it Karma Calling to Collect its Due

Diphthongs

It’s said that Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos weave their tapestries with immortal skeins, and he wondered how she’d acquired a length of his.

That of course, seemed the only answer.

He wondered just how strong that single thread really was, you know, the thread by which she kept him dangling so effectively. Certainly strong enough to quickly pull him back into line should he think of straying, but straying from what? She’d hinted at everything but committed to nothing, holding him as if in abeyance, perhaps really without the “as if”, but her explanations seemed so coherent, at least as she uttered them. Afterwards, not quite so much.

She was uncanny in as many ways as she was canny. Whenever doubts others deemed all too reasonable crept in, a tiny tug was all she needed and, … not that they disappeared, … they just didn’t matter. It amazed him and having an academic bent, the phenomenon seemed worth studying, … as if it were occurring to someone else, but then, … a bit of a yank and the research just, well, … vanished.

How the Hell did she do that he’d ask himself almost daily. It seemed she might well have been bewitching in more ways than one; or was it karma calling to collect its due.

He wondered if Clotho or Lachesis or Atropos knew.
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© Guillermo Calvo Mahé; Manizales, 2018; all rights reserved. Please feel free to share with appropriate attribution.

Guillermo Calvo Mahé (a sometime poet) is a writer, political commentator and academic currently residing in the Republic of Colombia although he has primarily lived in the United States of America (of which he is a citizen). Until recently he chaired the political science, government and international relations programs at the Universidad Autónoma de Manizales. He has academic degrees in political science (the Citadel), law (St. John’s University), international legal studies (New York University) and translation studies (the University of Florida’s Center for Latin American Studies). He can be contacted at guillermo.calvo.mahe@gmail.com and much of his writing is available through his blog at http://www.guillermocalvo.com.

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